David Boyd (cinematographer) David Russell Boyd, A.S.C. is an American cinematographer and director of television and film known for his role as director of photography for the FOX television series Firefly and the AMC series The Walking Dead. He also worked as cinematographer on the first three episodes of HBO's Deadwood. On the NBC television series he served as director of photography on 18 of 22 episodes in the first season and moved up to Friday Night Lights direct two more. He also directed the film Home Run, which was released in 2013. Early lifeBoyd was born in Cripple Creek, Colorado, to a military father, and spent his early childhood in Paris, France. He was inspired to become a cinematographer after stumbling onto the set of Is Paris Burning?, where he was spontaneously recruited by the crew to drag cables for camera and lighting equipment. While attending the University of California, San Diego as physics major, he took an elective film-watching class called "Thursday Night at the Movies." The class was taught by Jean-Luc Garande, a veteran of the French New Wave and colleague of Jean-Luc Godard. Garande inspired Boyd to drop his physics major and attend the UCLA Film School to become a cinematographer and director. Career TelevisionFor the first ten years of his career, Boyd worked primarily as a documentary cameraman and camera operator. His big break came when he met actor-turned-director Charles Haid, who hired him as DP on the television series Buddy Faro. Boyd shot nine episodes between 1998 and 2000, and subsequently served as DP on the series Big Apple and the Syfy miniseries . Boyd served as director of photography on all 14 episodes of the cult series Firefly, imbuing the science fiction property with a unique, Western-inspired aesthetic. Boyd got the job after quoting a line from The Searchers during an interview with creator Joss Whedon. Whedon and Boyd developed a look for the series inspired by Golden Age Western films and the 1981 film Outland. Boyd worked to incorporate lighting into the show's recurring sets, much like Gilbert Taylor's work on Star Wars twenty years prior. The series' interiors was shot almost entirely utilizing two handheld cameras on 35mm film, using wide-angle lens and wide focal lengths to create a sense of claustrophobia and confinement within the ship's interior. Boyd's work on the series has become some of the most well-known and widely acclaimed of his career. Boyd carried over his Western aesthetic to the first three episodes of the HBO series Deadwood. He was series DP on Without a Trace, shooting a total of 42 episodes, and shot 21 episodes of Friday in addition to directing 6 episodes. He shot 19 episodes of Night Lights The Walking Dead and directed 7, using Super 16mm film to create a gritty, realistic visual aesthetic. Other television series he has worked on include and Sons of Anarchy, Men of a Certain Age, Do No Harm, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Since 2014, Boyd has focused more on directing, and has served as both a regular and guest directors on shows including and Once Upon a Time, Sleepy Hollow, The Night Shift, Shades of Blue, The Mist. FilmFor much of his early career, Boyd worked as a camera operator on B-horror movies like and Evilspeak, Ghoulies, From Beyond, Prison, Return of the Living Dead Part II, DeepStar Six. Boyd had a cameo role in Puppet Master, a film on which he served as assistant camera operator, alongside his then-wife Barbara Crampton. He worked frequently with producer Charles Band's production companies Empire Pictures and Full Moon Features, and served as 2nd unit director of photography on to To Die For, a vampire horror film directed by Deran Sarafian. He was also 2nd unit DP on high-profile films in the late 1990s and early 2000s like Galaxy Quest, Cast Away, Bubble Boy, and Joy Ride. He replaced Don Burgess on What Lies Beneath after the cinematographer proved unavailable for reshoots. Boyd's debut feature film as primary DP was . The following year, he shot the Renny Harlin-helmed action film 12 Rounds and the period drama Get Low starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Bill Murray. He made his directorial debut in 2013 with Home Run, a religiously-themed sports drama on which he also served as director of photography. That same year, he shot the sci-fi horror film Dark Skies for producer Jason Blum. Filmography Television Film
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